USA Tours

USA Tours

Whether you want to explore around town or across the country, JOY knows you have passion to learn about various destinations and meet fellow travelers who want to have fun, too. Speak with your JOY travel consultant regarding current travel specials.

Below are some featured travel opportunities to consider. JOY Tour & Travel looks forward to answering any questions and recommending additional travel experiences that will delight you.

 

Please note: Activity level is indicated for each tour.
Relaxed – Activities at your pace and leisure.
Easy – Minimal walking required.
Moderate – Attractions require 1-2 hours of walking and/or standing at a time.
Hard – Extremely active tour engagements (such as 2 hour+ hiking, etc).

 

A Gaylord Capital Christmas in D.C

December 4-8, 2018
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1289
Come along with JOY to Washington D.C to enjoy the Capital’s Holiday Season! You will be staying at the magnificent Gaylord National Resort with access to all of their Holiday Attractions and Atrium Shows, including ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. Spend time at and tour Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home and final resting place. Take a guided tour of the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court Building, the brand new Museum of the Bible, the United States Botanical Garden and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception (the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world). Enjoy an Illuminated Monument Driving Tour, a performance of Christmas Evensong at the Washington national Cathedral, the Pageant of Peace in Ellipse Park (right across from the White House and home to the National Christmas Tree), and ride through the Festival of Lights in Watkins Regional Park. You will also visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Kennedy Center.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 4 night’s accommodations, 6 meals (4 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners), all attractions, touring and sightseeing mentioned, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions and accommodations, luggage handling, a local guide and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Sights & Sounds of Christmas

December 14-15, 2018
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $379
Enjoy holiday traditions in Indianapolis with JOY. Stay right on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indy, overlooking the Soldiers and Sailors Monument decorated for the 56th year as the Circle of Lights. You will have time for some last minute Christmas shopping at the holiday pop-up market, Homemade Promenade. Attend the 33rd Annual Yuletide Celebration put on by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with special guests performing classic Christmas carols and holiday pop favorites. Explore local creativity at the Festival of Trees, with over 100 Christmas trees each decorated by a local group or business based on a specific theme that they have chosen.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 1 night accommodation, 2 Meals (1 breakfast & 1 dinner), all attractions listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, accommodations & attractions, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

The Best of the “Big Easy”

March 30 – April 6, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1939
Stay right in the French Quarter at a 4-Star Hotel. Explore the city on a Carriage Tour through the French Quarter and a guided city tour to include the Garden District, a walk through one of the famous above-ground Cemeteries, and more! Make your own mask and learn the history of this celebration and parade at Mardi Gras World. Step into the past at the National WWII Museum and BB’s Stage Door Canteen for a USO Show. Head out of the city to tour Oak Alley Plantation and take a Swamp Tour. Savor the flavors and music of New Orleans as you dine at local favorites, Mulate’s, Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch, Café Du Monde and the New Orleans School of Cooking (complete with a Cajun cooking demonstration). Enjoy the view along the Mississippi River onboard a dinner cruise.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 7 night’s accommodations (2 enroute), 13 meals (7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners), all attractions and sightseeing listed above, taxes and gratuities on included meals, accommodations and attractions, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

History & Heritage in Columbus

April 11 – 12, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $349
Journey into the past with JOY in Columbus, OH! Tour German Village with admission into 2 homes to learn about Ohio’s German Heritage. Meet Sophie Kelton and uncover her secrets as she takes you through her family’s home (an important stop along the Underground Railroad) at the Kelton House Museum. Discover the art of candle-making at The Candle Co. and soap-making at Glenn Avenue Soap Co. Explore America’s Military history from the Colonial Era to current events at Motts Military Museum.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 4 night’s accommodations, 6 meals (4 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners), all attractions, touring and sightseeing mentioned, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions and accommodations, luggage handling, a local guide and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Fixer Upper: Wine, Design, & Antiques

April 11 -14, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $949*
Explore Waco, TX, home of Chip & Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper! Visit Magnolia Market at the Silos and Harp Design Co, see houses featured on the show, shop for antiques at some of Joanna’s favorite spots. Sample Texas wines and dine on a bridge at the Rootstock Wine Festival.
Tour Includes: Airport transfers in Texas, Motor Coach transportation, 3 night’s accommodations, 6 Meals (3 breakfasts and 3 dinners), all attractions and tours listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

 

 

Coach & Cruise to Bermuda

April 27 – May 6, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Relaxed
from $1799
Travel by Motor Coach to/from Manhattan Cruise Port in New York City, stopping for one night’s rest each way. In New York, check in and relax aboard the Norwegian Escape as you set sail for the pink sand beaches of Bermuda. Choose to stay in an Interior, Oceanview or Balcony cabin. The ship will dock for 3 days at the Royal Navy Dockyard, giving you plenty of time to explore this beautiful island paradise.
Cruise/Tour Includes: 2 nights hotel in route, 7 night cruise, 2 breakfasts in route + all cruise meals (excluding specialty restaurants), $75 onboard credit per cabin, Cruise gratuities for 2 per cabin, Government/Port Fees & Taxes, luggage handling, and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Red Cliffs Adventure by Rail

May 6 – 13, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Hard
land only from $2299*
Ride the rails to experience the beauty of Moab, Utah at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge! Take a daylight ride on Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado viewing awesome scenery. Motor coach to beautiful Moab for a 4 night stay at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge. You will tour Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park by jet boat. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a 2 hour Hummer tour of the famous slick rock or go horseback riding. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Capitol Reef before you travel scenic Highway 12 through Escalante National Monument. The day ends up at Bryce Canyon for a rim walk. Enjoy a day trip to Zion National Park with a local guide. Travel to Salt Lake City for a city tour before your flight home.
Tour Includes: 1 night accommodations in Denver, Amtrak transportation from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado in coach seating, 4 night’s accommodations at Red Cliffs Lodge, 2 night’s accommodations at Bryce Canyon, 13 meals (6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners), all included attractions, taxes and gratuities on included meals, step-on guide in Utah, transfers in Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City and a JOY Tour Director.  *Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

Golden Spike 150th

May 8 – 12, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1370*
Come celebrate the Joining of a Nation! Experience one of America’s greatest historical events as we celebrate the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary. Completion of the transcontinental railroad joined a nation after a devastating civil war and ushered in a new age of expansion and prosperity. Enjoy a few days exploring Northern Utah, including the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island State Park, the Natural History Museum of Utah, Hill Air Force Base Museum, Park City and Salt Lake City. Visit Ogden Union Station, home to Big Boy #4014 and many other magnificent relics of the Railroad Era! Enjoy a ride on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad as well as a performance by the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Choir’s schedule permitting). Don’t miss out on this unforgettable, historical and fun-filled experience!
Tour Includes: Airport transfers in Salt Lake City, Motor Coach Transportation, 4 Night’s Accommodations, 8 Meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners), all admissions, sightseeing and tours listed, all taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling for 1 suitcase per person and a Professional Tour Director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

Savannah in the Spring

May 12 – 18, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1559
Enjoy the blooms and sunshine exploring the Historic District of Savannah, Low Country and the Golden Isles. Tour the Savannah History Museum and Old Fort Jackson. Explore on your own with Hop On/Hop Off passes for the Old Savannah Trolley. Enjoy the scenery on a sightseeing tour through Low Country and Tybee Island. Learn about the local dolphins and other marsh wildlife on a Dolphin Discovery Cruise on Tybee Island. Take in the history and grandeur on St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, part of the Golden Isles. Tour Fort Frederica National Monument and Christ Church.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 6 nights hotel accommodations (2 enroute), 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners), all sightseeing and touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Ohio’s Amish Heartland

May 23 -24, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $439
Journey into the heart of the Ohio Amish Country with JOY! Dine in an Amish home, take a ride in an Amish buggy at Yoder Farm, meet and learn from an Amish basket artisan during a guided Backroads Tour and sister candle makers at Lamp & Light Candles, visit the David Warther Carving museum. Load up on homemade goods as you shop in the Village of Berlin, at Walnut Creek Cheese and the Amish Bulk Food Store. Enjoy a performance by Howie & Lynryd and the cast of the Amish Country Theater.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 1 Night’s Accommodation, 3 Meals (1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner), all touring and attractions listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling, a local culture guide and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Springtime at the Greenbrier by Train

June 4 – 7, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Relaxed
from $1349
Get away from the hustle and bustle of life with JOY as we head to the luxurious Greenbrier Resort.  Travel by motor coach to Huntington, WV to board Amtrak for a scenic train ride through the Appalachian Mountains and New River Gorge on your way to White Sulfur Springs, WV.  Spend 2 days at Greenbrier to unwind and recharge.  Play a round of golf, visit the spa, go bowling, try your luck at the casino, stroll the gardens, and more!
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, One-way Amtrak ticket, 3 night’s accommodations, 5 meals (3 breakfasts and 2 dinners), $20 Greenbrier Casino credit, taxes and gratuities on accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Back by Popular Demand!

June 18 – 21, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $689
Always an annual favorite and this year we have made it even better! Come along on our extended Mystery Tour titled “Anything But Ordinary”. As the title suggests, you will be amazed at the treasures and surprises revealed each day as we explore the extraordinary in a destination you’ve never been before! Hint: Make sure to pack your Dancing Shoes!
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 3 Night’s Accommodation, 6 Meals (3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners), 7 attractions, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Bardstown, Bourbon & Wine

July 24 – 26, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $559
Savor the history and flavor of Southern Kentucky on this tour into the heart of Bourbon Country! You will visit 3 Bourbon Distilleries for a tour and tasting: Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark. Enjoy a performance of The Stephen Foster Story at the Outdoor Amphitheater in My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Tour the historic My Old Kentucky Home mansion. Savor the food and ambiance at Kurtz Restaurant and the famous Olde Talbott Tavern, circa 1779. You will end your journey with a tour and tasting, as well as a picnic box lunch on the grounds of the Springhill Winery & Plantation, est. 1887.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 2 night’s accommodations, 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners), all admissions & fees for admissions & tours listed, taxes & gratuities on included meals & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

 

Bavarian Getaway in Frankenmuth

August 21-23, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Easy
from $429
Travel north to the charming town of Frankenmuth, MI where the residents take pride in their beautiful flowers, German heritage and authentic Bavarian architecture. You will stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, just a short walk over a covered bridge to River Place with 36 shops and attractions. Dine on traditional German and Bavarian meals. Enjoy a riverboat cruise aboard the Bavarian Belle, a German wine tasting and a Strudel making experience! Tour the town on a guided City Tour and stop in at the Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House for a tour and tea. You will be able to get a jump start on your holiday shopping at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, 2 night’s accommodations, 4 meals (2 breakfasts and 2 dinners), Japanese Tea House, all admissions & touring as listed, taxes & gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Shrine of Christ’s Passions

September 3-6, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $TBD
Embark with JOY as we travel north to St. Johns, IN to experience The Shrine of Christ’s Passions, a multi-media interactive, half-mile winding Prayer Trail that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Forty life-size bronze sculptures in a tranquil setting, complete with beautiful music and amazingly sculptured gardens allow visitors to experience the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as never before!  Tour the Bible League International, providing God’s Written Word to churches worldwide for over 80 years.  Learn about the history of Pullman, IL, from the “World’s Most Perfect Town” in 1906 to near demolition in the mid-20th Century, to a revitalized neighborhood in the present day.  Visit Lotton Art Glass, the studios of Charles Lotton, whose pieces are owned by Queen Elizabeth II, as well as on display in the Smithsonian and hundreds of other museums.
Tour Includes: Motor Coach transportation, 3 night’s accommodations, 7 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners), all admissions & touring as listed, taxes and gratuities on included meals, attractions & accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Newport Mansions & Cape Cod Islands

September 7 – 13, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
from $1829*
Fly into Providence RI to start this fabulous tour. You will be touring The Breakers and Elms Mansions as well as the Newport Vineyards. After a tour of Providence and behind the scenes at Scialo Bakery, stop at New Bedford for a visit to the Whaling Museum. Head to Hyannis where you will spend 4 nights at your hotel with a harbor view. Your tour includes a high speed ferry to and a tour of the stunning island of Nantucket, a ferry ride and tour of the storybook island of Martha’s Vineyard and a tour of Cape Cod out to Provincetown. Touring in Hyannis includes Kennedy Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the St. Francis Xavier Church. You will travel the scenic Route 6A, driving through colonial villages filled with wonderful examples of New England architecture and a drive through the Cape Cod National Seashore area with time in Provincetown, where you will you’re your choice of a Whale watching cruise or a Dune tour.
Tour Includes: Airport transfers and motor coach transportation, 6 night’s accommodations, 10 meals, tours and sightseeing as mentioned, ferries to both islands, whale watching or dune tour, luggage handling and a professional tour director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

Colorado Train Adventure

September 7 – 14, 2019
Guaranteed Departure
Tour Activity Level: Moderate
land only from $2380*
Fly into Denver where you will be met and transferred to Colorado Springs.  Tour the US Air force Academy.  Take a ride on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway and tour the Garden of the Gods.  Board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a vintage train ride along the Arkansas River and see the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.  Next travel to the historic rail town of Salida for a delicious home style lunch. This afternoon visit Great Sand Dunes National Park. Board the 1880 Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad for Osier.  Then travel to the old west mining town of Durango via motorcoach.  Step back in time 1,000 years ago and visit the cliff ruins of Anasazi at Mesa Verde.  Take a ride through the Colorado Rockies to Silverton on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Next travel north to Grand Junction to see the fantastic monoliths of Colorado National Monument.  Cross the Continental Divide and stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden.
Tour Includes: Motor coach transportation, airport transfers, 7 night’s accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, inclusions as listed and a professional tour director.
NOTE: Airfare NOT Included.

 

 

Red Cliffs Adventure by Rail

September 21 – 28, 2019
Guaranteed Departure
Tour Activity Level: Hard
land only from $2299*
Ride the rails to experience the beauty of Moab, Utah at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge! Take a daylight ride on Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado viewing awesome scenery. Motor coach to beautiful Moab for a 4 night stay at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge. You will tour Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park by jet boat. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a 2 hour Hummer tour of the famous slick rock or go horseback riding. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Capitol Reef before you travel scenic Highway 12 through Escalante National Monument. The day ends up at Bryce Canyon for a rim walk. Enjoy a day trip to Zion National Park with a local guide. Travel to Salt Lake City for a city tour before your flight home.
Tour Includes: 1 night accommodations in Denver, Amtrak transportation from Denver to Grand Junction Colorado in coach seating, 4 night’s accommodations at Red Cliffs Lodge, 2 night’s accommodations at Bryce Canyon, 13 meals (6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners), all included attractions, taxes and gratuities on included meals, step-on guide in Utah, transfers in Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City and a JOY Tour Director.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.

 

Fall in the Finger Lakes at 5-Star Mohonk Mountain House

October 13 – 18, 2019
Tour Activity Level: Relaxed
from $1999*
Marvel at the vibrant colors of fall at the Mohonk Mountain Resort, founded by the Smiley Family in 1869, this Victorian castle resort is nestled in the Hudson Valley. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, this National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine, an award-winning spa, 85 miles of walking & hiking trails, expansive gardens & a greenhouse, Barn Museum/Art Gallery, a Scottish-style Golf Course, Outdoor Tennis, Croquet, Shuffleboard, Lawn Bowling, Horseback Riding, Fishing on Lake Mohonk and countless other activities!  Take a Carriage Ride or leisurely stroll around the lake, or relax on one of the many porches with majestic views.  There will be an Optional Excursion to the charming village of New Paltz, NY.
Tour Includes:  Motor Coach transportation, 5 night’s accommodations (2 enroute, 3 at Mohonk), 13 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners), taxes and gratuities on included meals and accommodations, luggage handling and a JOY Tour Director.

 

Hawaii 4 Island Cruise

February 6 – 15, 2020
Tour Activity Level: Relaxed
cruise only from $TBD*
Get away from the cold to beautiful Hawaii and cruise all 4 main islands on NCL’s newly refurbished Pride of America! Enjoy stops in Honolulu Oahu, Kahului Maui, Hilo and Kona Hawaii and Nawiliwili Kauai. There are overnight visits on both Maui and Kauai. You’ll be on island time as you discover Cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes, black, green and white sand beaches, historic sights and unspoiled nature.
Tour Includes: 2 nights hotel on Waikiki, Pearl Harbor tour, Oahu circle island tour, 7 nights in a cabin of your choice (choose from interior, ocean view or balcony), Port fees and government taxes.
*Note: Airfare NOT included.